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The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. The Center's work is focused in these initiatives - ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems).
At a recent field day for commercial growers, assistant horticulture professor Ajay Nair (center, in red shirt and cap) talks about his research in front of a high tunnel that is used to extend the season at the ISU Horticulture Station. The Leopold Center has provided funds over the past three years for Nair to establish the ISU Sustainable Vegetable Production Lab to carry out his research. He also have a competitive grant from the Leopold Center's Ecology Initiative to explore cover crops in vegetable production (watch Nair's recent Iowa Learning Farms webinar about this project). Read more on the Iowa Vegetables blog.